LIMA — Allen County’s commissioners took a moment morning to thank the people who work with children who’ve been abused.
The commissioners offered a proclamation recognizing April as Child Abuse and Prevention Month, recognizing the public and private organizations that help protect children.
“I applaud the efforts you put in daily, with the social work you do that sometimes goes very unnoticed and unthanked,” Commissioner Brian Winegardner said.
Commissioner Cory Noonan added, “So much that’s done is not publicly recognized or noticed, all in the name and benefit of our future, our children.”
Sarah Newland, the executive director of Allen County Children Services, noted the agency handled 858 reports of child abuse or neglect in 2020, affecting 1,232 children in the community.
“Now more than ever, the safety of children is paramount,” Newland said. “This reminds us all of the role we can play.”
Law enforcement took place in a flag-raising Wednesday to showcase the role law enforcement officers play in preventing child abuse and neglect.
Allen County Children Services will also have a drive-through cookout from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Allen County Children Services parking lot, 123 W. Spring St., Lima, offering hot dogs, chips and a drink. The Lima Police Department is cosponsoring that event.
Residents are also asked to wear blue on Wednesday, April 14. People can take their pictures of themselves and send to greg.sowinski@JFS.ohio.gov by 4 p.m. April 21 to put photos on social media. Three winners based on creativity will be announced April 27.
As part of April’s activities, Sara’s Sweets will make blue cupcakes for April 14 by order only, and Dunkin’ Donuts has blue donuts all month.
If you have concerns about child abuse or neglect, call 419-227-8590.